Convergent Validity of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study assessed the convergent validity of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Adolescents (PAQ-A). The PAQ-A is a modified version for high school students of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children (PAQC). The PAQ-A is a 7-day recall used to assess general physical activity levels during the school year. Eighty-five high school students in Grades 8 through 12 filled out the PAQ-A and other physical activity measures. The PAQ-A was moderately related to an activity rating (r = .73), the Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (r = .57), a Caltrac motion sensor (r = .33), and the 7-day physical activity recall interview (r = .59). The results of this study support the convergent validity of the PAQ-A as a measure of general physical activity level for high school students.

K.C. Kowalski, P.R.E. Crocker, and N.P. Kowalski are with the College of Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan, 105 Gymnasium Place, Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 5C2.

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